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. some countries that recently discovered oil reserves are liberia, sierra leone, mozambique. not long ago, they were all embroiled in deadly conflicts. their political situations are still fragile. so these need support to ensure that their energy resources don't end up causing more suffering and trouble than good. so the united states is working with eight new oil and gas producing countries to put into place the building blocks of good governance, including political institutions, transparent finances, and effective laws and regulations. in uganda, for example, we're helping the government adopt strong environmental protection laws and regulations because of oil and gas development is happening in ecologically fragile areas. we're also increasing our support for the extractive industries and transparency initiative, an international program that promotes transparency and accountability in the oil-gas and mining industries. a year ago, president obama announced that the united states joined this organization as a signal of our commitment to this issue and we are only the second devel
citizens were aiding the french in an attack of the sierra leon colony, which was a british territory. the idea that the statute could never be used extra territoryly was an extreme position. and i think the idea that corporations can never be sued, that you can signal out that category of defendants, that they can never be sued is also an extreme position they don't think is well supported. and i think the other thing that shell and -- at least sun of mecki did was take a position about the principle of international law. one of the principles of international law is that states have the right to act unless there's something that prevents them from acting. the question is do states, meaning governments, countries, do they have the ability to enforce international human rights law in various ways? can they do that by implementing principles of universal jurisdictioning where, if tortures appear on your shores, whether within your territory or whether the torture is one of your nationals, can those governments take action in support of the entire international community so that we can
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